Men’s Basketball Hangs Tough with Paterson

UNION, N.J. (1/11/17) – The Kean University men's basketball team rallied to tie its game with William Paterson University with less than three minutes remaining but could not catch the Pioneers down in the stretch in a 76-68 decision on Wednesday night.

Down six at halftime, the Cougars cut lead to one with 5-0 run to start the second period. Justin Watson had an and-1 to get the rally started and Kevin Grek followed with a layup to get within one. WP had the answer, though, and went up by as many as seven.

Still down by seven with four minutes to go, Kean came up with a 7-0 run to force the first tie of the game. Michael Summerer (pictured left) worked for a tough layup, and Keenan Williams Jr. knocked down a three. One the ensuing inbound play, Williams stole the ball and fed Grek for a fast-break layup that tied the game with 2:59 to go and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

WP was able to regain the momentum, however, and ended the matchup on a 12-4 run with the Cougars in foul trouble to pull away with the victory. The Pioneers had four players in double figures, led by Richy Espinal's 21. He had 12 points in the first ten minutes of the second half.

The Cougars shot 60 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Paterson 29-23. Kean had five players in double figures. Summerer was 8-for-10 with 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Grek, Williams, Watson and Micah Kerr also reached double figures for Kean as well.

The Cougars will remain home this weekend to host Stockton University in NJAC action.